Arena K.O.

The Arena K.O. is FEE’s series of live online debates available for viewing anywhere in the world. These one-hour debates feature experts on a variety of topics–from immigration to drug policy to the role of government in the arts–and will be staged before a live student audience at each of FEE’s 10 Summer Seminars. These debates are being supported by the generosity of the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation.

Saturday, June 7 at 12:45pm ET

Is the War on Poverty a Failure?

Resolved: “A free market is the most effective poverty-fighting program.”
Paul Cwik - Professor of Economics at Mount Olive College
Snehal Shingavi - Assistant English Professor in the Department of English at the University of Texas/Austin

Wednesday, June 11 at 11:45am ET

Is Inequality a Problem that Needs Fixing?

Resolved: “Income inequality in a free market is natural and productive.”
Max Borders - Author of Superwealth and director of content at FEE
Snehal Shingavi - Assistant English Professor in the Department of English at the University of Texas/Austin. 

Thursday, June 19 at 6:45pm ET

Government: What is it Good For?

Resolved: “Government is necessary for the protection of property rights and provision of some public goods."
Antony Davies - Associate professor of economics at Duquesne University and Mercatus Affiliated Senior Scholar at George Mason University.
Patrick A. McLaughlin - Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he co-founded RegData.

Wednesday, June 25 at 1:45pm ET

Does Technology Make Us More Free or Less Free?

Resolved: “Technology makes us freer.”
Jeffrey Tucker - Founder of
Albert Lu - WB Wealth Management.
Resolved: “Legalizing marijuana saves money and lives.”
Kevin Sabet - Director of the Drug Policy Institute and author of Reefer Sanity
Judge James P. Gray - Representative from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and the author of the book Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed And What We Can Do

Sunday, July 20 at 12:45pm ET

Should We Welcome Open Borders?

Resolved: “Territorial borders should open and unrestricted allowing for the free movement of people.”


Jason Brennan - Assistant Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University
David Inserra - Research Associate, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

Wednesday, July 23 at 3:35pm ET

Would Market Regulation be the Best for Society?

Resolved: “Regulated markets are necessary and beneficial to a healthy society.”
Dr. Peter Lindsay - Associate Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Georgia State University
Dr. Paul Cwik - Professor of Economics at Mount Olive College


Friday, July 25 at 10:45 am ET

Who Should Pay For the Arts?

Resolved: “The best way to spark artistic innovation and make art accessible is to let people choose to pay for it."
Daniel D'Amico - Assistant Professor of Economics, Loyola University
Rachel Ciprotti - Board of Directors for the Georgia Arts Network

Tuesday, July 29 at 3:35pm ET

Should We End the Fed?

Resolved: “It would be beneficial for the United States to end the Federal Reserve.”
Bruce Rottman - Economics, History, and American Government teacher
Sean Mulholland - Associate Professor of Economics at Stonehill College in Easton, MA
Resolved: "A free market in labor makes both the native population richer and reduces poverty worldwide.”
Benjamin Powell - Director of the Free Market Institute, Texas Tech University
Jim Carafano - VP of Foreign and Defense Policy studies, Heritage Foundation